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June 04
I am a psychologist, yogi, treehugger, dog-mom and wife. Apparently, all I ever write about is sex and death. Enjoy!


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SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 1:58PM

I do not believe in happily ever after


I've heard it said that you should never get married or buy a used car unless you find yourself saying, I can’t believe my luck. That’s exactly how I felt after I met my sweet fella last year. Within the first month I found myself fighting the urge to write thank-youRead full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2009 12:28PM

You are now entering Austin City Limits

For over six years I've lived within walking distance of Zilker Park-- the location of an annual three day music festival spawned from the famous Austin City Limits program. This past weekend I attended for the very first time. Why was it my first ACL? I love live music but I've hadRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 11:30AM

Bittersweet symphony


It seems as if every slice of sweet is being served with a generous dollop of bitter, lately. They say the recession is likely over but healthcare reform appears dead in the water. The violent crime rate has dropped but we're killing each other by driving while texting, now.

The bitter

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 5:16PM

Sunday night


It was a good omen.

When I walked into the lounge Margo Valiante was singing “Angel from Montgomery”-- one of my favorite songs.

I saw him from across the room as he stood to greet me. His “wow” was the answer to my “hello”.

We hugged and then settledRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 11:30AM

Where the wild things are

I've been house sitting for my parents for the past week. I live near downtown and they live on the lake and though there are only around 12 miles between us, sometimes it feels a world apart. Though not technically the country, their property is heavily wooded… Read full post »


I've had writer's block this summer. I've also had lover's block, worker's block and friend's block. I'm having my own personal recession over here and so I haven't been posting much.

When times get tough I tend to duck my head, bear down hard and power through as

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AUGUST 1, 2009 10:58AM

The first time ever I...........

1. Who was your FIRST prom date?

This fella.

2. Who was your FIRST love and do you still talk with him?  

Lance Dunahoe.

In 3rd grade he called me up and asked me to go "steady" with him and I put the phone down and went into the… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2009 6:08PM

My blind date from hell


I’ve been pestered for months about my sad lack of love life—here, by my surrogate fathers—and in my real life. It’s been six months since the spilt with this one and I haven’t been ready to get out there and date again. It took me a long time to findRead full post »

JUNE 16, 2009 10:38AM

Ode to a Wonderhorse upon turning 40


Sheldon The Wonderhorse


With those strong tawny haunches

and blonde mane flying


you were born to run


And your leprechaun invasion

and Jesus figurines

baby they were so much fun


You warned us of Anne Hathaway

that baby eating she-devil

and DOUCHEBAG! charges

as a public service youRead full post »

JUNE 10, 2009 2:55PM

Our beloved boxer is missing!

Caveat Canem Croceum

Have you seen this dog?

It's been over a month since he has graced our virtual spaces with his unique wit and wisdom. Where for art thou, dear canine? I really miss the whooshing sound that comes from reading one of your posts, as it flies right over my head.

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JUNE 4, 2009 8:38AM

Act your age!


Today I am another year older.

The past year has not been easy. In fact, the "Maintenence Required" light on the dashboard of my life lit up about 5 months ago, if you want to know the truth. But I'm still happy to be alive and celebrating that factRead full post »



a strange kind of speech

howl, low growl. my, what big teeth!

i'm bilingual


sleeping with the enemy  Read full post »

MAY 6, 2009 6:12PM

What a great dame!


She is one of those people for whom the expression, “If she were poor, she’d be called crazy but since she’s rich, she’s eccentric” was made. Sara Charles Crumley* was a member of the resort spa for which I worked ten years ago and I’ll never forget the momeRead full post »


The bud
Stands for all things,
Even those things that do not flower,
For everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
Though sometimes it is necessary
To reteach a thing its loveliness
To put a hand on its brow
Of the flower
And retell it in words and in touch
It is lovely
Until it flow/
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APRIL 30, 2009 12:23PM

The Awesome truth: dharma comes clean

Two Truths+ One lie: The truth revealed


3. I ran my first New York marathon with a broken foot. - True

Before the race a physical therapist said that it might just be "bruised phalanges" so I ran the marathon anyway. What started out as a  stress fracture was much worse byRead full post »
APRIL 24, 2009 11:28AM


You are in our thoughts today.


And if you don't know what this is about then please read her post: 


And then please come back here and give Delia some love.… Read full post »



 in bloom

snip from your garden

breathe in crushed red velvet

i'm about to bloom




Slip your fingers in

and slowly, pull back the skin

now i am the fruit





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APRIL 21, 2009 4:20PM

Salsa and The Savior of San Jacinto


 The Savior of San Jacinto: The mostly true tale of the woman known as The Yellow Rose of Texas


This is a Texas two-step folks: salsa and a story. Now, there are just about as many versions of salsa fresca as there are versions of this story but I'm gonna serve up&nb… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2009 1:07PM

dirty haiku thursday- juicy




naked, ravenous

i devour the ripe mango

i called it trig



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APRIL 5, 2009 7:00PM

Practice for dying


"The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else.."


 angel in shadow


When I arrived they confiscated my keys and cell phone. I wasn’t allowed any reading or writing materials, no computer, ipod or radio. I was told in no uncertain terms thatRead full post »

MARCH 27, 2009 3:00PM






I dreamt you were an alien

(it was a fever dream)

you looked just as you do

only your skin had a cast of electric blue

blue like your eyes but




We walked

I understood

(you had said)

that youRead full post »



It was a dark and stormy night. A blonde dame in a trench coat walked quickly under the awnings of the mostly deserted downtown street. A lone saxophonist belted out a melancholy tune as the dame looked over her shoulder once, then entered the dark doorway of the AcmeRead full post »


When Dorinda suggested that we interview our favorite under-sung writers on OS I had to meditate on it for a while before I chose. I love more writers than I can mention and some of the ones I love get plenty of EP's and front pages. I mean, Persephone? TheRead full post »

MARCH 12, 2009 2:34PM

Hey, Jack Kerouac!



“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candlesRead full post »

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MARCH 6, 2009 4:40PM

Open call: My brush with life

My Brush with Life 

I know that when Gertrude Stein said, “There is no there, there” she was referring to Oakland but I think that is only because Plano Texas had not been invented yet. Being raised in the cultural wilderness of north Texas in the 80’s I was a miserable,Read full post »